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The Heroic Trio (HK 1993)

Director : Johnnie To
Action Director : Ching Siu Tung
Cast :  Anita Mui, Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Wong, Damian Lau, James Pax, Paul Chun Pui, Yen Shi-Kwan

Synopsis
The Trio join forces against an ancient Ming Dynasty eunuch who is trying to resurrect China’s imperialist past by collecting male babies and storing them up to form a new nation.

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Traces Of A Dragon (German Version)

DVD Information
Universum Film Release
Content : One disc
Format: Widescreen
Languages: Cantonese / Mandarin
Audio: stereo, 5.1
Subtitles: English, German
Region: 2 (PAL)

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The Eye 2 (HK 2004)

Director : Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang
Cast : Shu Qi, Eugenia Yuan, Jesdaporn Pholdee, Philip Kwok, May Phua, Rayson Tan, Alan Tern and San Yow

Synopsis
Pregnant Joey (Shu Qi) teeters on the brink of madness after several fruitless suicide attempts. She’s the unwilling recipient of an influx of shadowy images that haunt her pervasively.

Review
by Edward Tang

What can I say? This “sequel” is basically following the same path as the first one (see ghost) but really has nothing to do with it in any other regard. Me myself, I wasn’t really a fan of the first one, but respected what the Pang Brothers brought to the table. This film really doesn’t have anything special going for it, a few interesting images but not much else. The direction is top notch, but the story gets cluttered after you see the ghost image about 50 times and just get tired of it. Some aspects of the story do remain interesting however, we get an explanation of reincarnation with includes people’s ghost figures floating into vaginas and coming back as babies. But then the story seems to be another like Sixth Sense, as the events unfold as to why this ghost is actually following her, it just seems beat to death. Basically for the time being, the film lurked around, gave us a few interesting images and just ended with the sappy happy ending. I can’t say that I was bored, but this film just didn’t improve on the above-average original. 

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The Assassin (HK 1993)

Director : Siu Hung Cheung
Cast : Rosamund Kwan, Siu Chung Mok (Max Mok), Zhang Fengyi

Synopsis
A poor farmer who loves a woman he is forbidden to associate with becomes a hardened mercenary, and is hired by a local warlord as a professional assassin. Years later, he runs into his old love and begins to question his violent past. 

Review
by Edward Tang

Finding this film on the shelf of some store, I wondered why I had never heard of it. Sure, it wasn’t a big production, didn’t really have any big name talent, and wasn’t the best film in the rack, but it had it’s moments that probably were brought on by the surge of bloody duels and an all around fun approach. You won’t find anything in this film that you might consider unique, other than a very gruesome scene which involves sewing a man’s eyes closed. But being a small budget flick that has only an 87 minute running time, I felt that they delivered what I wanted from something like this. Sure, the plot is sketchy because it moves so fast, and you might not know some characters, and none of them are really developed, but who cares? The fast pace also adds to the fun that this film delivers, whether or not making the plot more successful. I got everything they threw at me, but later heard that people had a trouble keeping up with it. 

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Traces Of A Dragon (2003)

Director : Mabel Cheung
Producer : Willie Chan, Solon So
Cast : Jackie Chan, Chan Chi-Long
Narration : Ti Lung

Synopsis
Jackie Chan grew up thinking that he was an only child, only to discover later in life that he had two older sisters. This was followed by the revelation that he also had two older brothers. Upon finding out about his ‘secret’ family, Jackie asked his father about his these relations and his parents life in China. His father did not want to discuss it with him. Around 1999 Jackie’s mother became quite ill which led to Jackie’s father having a change of heart – he decided that he needed to tell Jackie the truth about his family history. Traces Of A Dragon tells this story.

Review
by Martin Cleary

In his autobiography – My Life In Action – Jackie Chan describes the fear that discovering that he had two older brothers and sisters gave him. He feared that he would find out that he was adopted or some similar terrible secret. The actual truth of Jackie’s parents backgrounds is just as – if not even more – amazing as Jackie’s own ‘rags to riches’ story. As they say, even Hollywood couldn’t write this. Traces Of A Dragon opens with Jackie’s father explaining that he didn’t want his secrets to die with him, so he finally decided to reveal to his son his own past. The documentary uses interviews with Chan Chi-Long (Jackie’s father), and other family members to tell their collective family history.

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